On Meet the Press this Sunday, David Gregory started out interviewing Dick Durbin. Durbin didn't say anything outside Democrat talking points -- Obama is on track in Libya, Republicans are cutting valuable programs but the Democrats are willing to compromise is the cuts make sense. In other words, Democrats are good, Republicans are mean, and Obama is a great President. Durbin did say something interesting when asked about Obama's aloofness from the budget battle. Durbin said Obama is correctly standing back from the process, and that Obama will move in to make sure the Democrats are making the right decisions when a compromise is reached. This is an incredible statement. First, what wisdom does Obama possess to determine if congress is right, and how weak can Durbin be to depend on Obama to say what is right? Durbin must have a low opinion of congress if he sees them as dependent on Obama's final judgement. Durbin's statement reveals a troubling mindset that thinks of Presidents as Monarchs. Incredible. Why even have a congress -- just let Obama decide what's should be done from the start.
Then Gregory interviewed Mike Rogers, Republican from Michigan, and asked him about the situation in Libya. Rogers favors the kinetic military action. It makes me wonder, as I wondered the whole show, why Meet the Press didn't have someone like Rand Paul on to discuss why we shouldn't intervene in places like Libya. To begin with, Meet the Press was a virtual left wing love fest with two guests on who are even close to the Right, and both Republicans agreed with the Libya intervention, as did all from the Left on the show. There was no one with a non-interventionist perspective.
The round table was stacked with Left wing views, except for Mike Murphy who is some kind of pragmatic moderate consultant, certainly not a representative of the new Right. Doris Kearns Goodwin, of course, believes that Obama is doing the right thing, and, concerning the budget, Kearns believes the Democrat position is the correct position, as does E.J. Dionne and Marc Morial, who were also on the program. They are all supporting of the Libya War. It's amazing that Meet the Press thinks having a show stacked to the Left is useful except to push the Democrat positions and denigrate the Republicans' positions. No one challenged the claims that Republicans are harming the nation with their spending cuts -- the charges were just out there as if they are facts.
The liberal media and political pundits spend an inordinate amount of energy attacking Fox, but hardly any of them look in the mirror ro criticize their own bias. Just about all news coverage in the MSM is now geared toward the 2012 elections -- they've started tilting the coverage as pro-Obama/Democrats and anti-Republican. The messages from Meet the Press this morning are that the economy is recovering, Qaddafi is pressured to step down, Obama's doctrine is really a pragmatic approach to get our allies to help take the burden off America, but America is still supportive of the humanitarian efforts, Republicans have no good candidates in 2012 and that Republicans will come off looking bad when they announce their extreme spending cuts.
Regarding Obama's "doctrine", this is the biggest joke. Even if Obama is trying to get international support for interventionist missions, it changes nothing. Just because we have hired more deputies doesn't change the fact that our country is continuously getting involved in these situations. The problem is intervention where we have nop business or interests, not how we intervene and how many partners join us.